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Thematic Areas Capacity building and institutional development

The core thrust of DNF is to provide support for its Member Organizations (MOs) on Organizational Development (OD) initiatives. This thematic component focuses its activities on institutional strengthening of DNF and developing organizational capacity of its member organizations. Therefore, DNF regularly provides capacity building related trainings/orientation/workshop/exposure visits etc to its member organizations and Dalit activists to build their knowledge and skills on various areas to effectively works on Dalit issues at various levels.



  • DNF as network organization has presence at 69 districts of Nepal through its member organizations. It has well established offices at central, five development regions, and 10 districts of Nepal. Currently, 344 Dalit NGOs from Hill, Mountain and Terai are affiliated with DNF.
  • DNF has significantly contributed to establish Rights against untouchability caste based and discrimination as fundamental rights of Dalits for the first time in the Interim Constitution of Nepal.
  • DNF along with its national level member organizations were able to introduce separate Dalit chapter in Tenth National Plan of Nepal government (widely known as Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper) for the first time in the country. Thereafter, the government has continuously prioritized Dalit chapter in its following national periodic plans.

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